UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests.

Ethiopia remains under a state of emergency declared in October after hundreds were killed amid anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms.

A U.N. statement Friday says Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will visit the East African nation on May 2-4 and meet the prime minister and other officials along with civil society groups.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this month rejected U.N. and European Union requests to investigate the protests in which the government says at least 669 people died.

Zeid also will meet with officials from the African Union continental body, which is based in Ethiopia’s capital.

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  1. That is excellent news. Now the chief will be on location to hear it from the sources. I can’t wait until I hear his report/opinion after his trip. Now this will give an extra impetus to those who are trying to bring the political impasse to a peaceful conclusion. I have never given up on a peaceful dissolution on the political stalemate. Why not? I have always rested my faith on the Almighty’s limitless power making anything possible in peaceful ways. Enough with the bloodletting and wasteful sacrifice of the youth of that country!!! Enough!!! Enough!!!! Enough!!!!

  2. The Blood Thirsty TPLF’s Untrained and Upto their tooth armed Army, Police and Undercover Agazi Murderers massacared Thousands and Thousands of Ethiopian youth, Woman, Pro-Democracy Movment leaders,religious leaders of both Chirisitian and Muslims etc,etc after they labelled them Terrorist and Anti-peace elemets for the last 26 yrs.
    This Murderers MUST BE EXPOSED AND FACE JUSTICE FOR THEIR 26 +YRS.REIGN OF TERROR AND MASS MURDERS-THE HEINEOUS MASSACARE OF ETHIOPIANS BY TPLF FASICSTS MUST STOP AND MUST STOP NOW

  3. Nothing new will emerge –the cover up will go one.The Tigrean regime is the darling of the West and its crimes will be covered as before. Didn’t we here Gutierrez himself praising the repressive regime?

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